Black-Bean Burgers with Pickled Onions


Trying to work meatless meals into your routine? A pot of hearty, healthy Cuban Black Beans makes a satisfying dish -- and enough leftovers for this recipe.


  • 1 teaspoon plus 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced

  • 1 teaspoon sugar

  • 2 tablespoons red-wine vinegar

  • Coarse salt and ground pepper

  • 4 cups cooked black beans, drained (reserved from Cuban Black Beans)

  • 1 small red bell pepper, finely chopped

  • ¼ cup roughly chopped fresh cilantro

  • ¾ cup dried breadcrumbs

  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten

  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise

  • 4 toasted kaiser rolls

  • Thinly sliced avocado


  1. In a medium nonstick skillet, heat 1 teaspoon oil over medium. Add red onion and cook 1 minute. Add sugar and cook until dissolved. Add vinegar and season with salt and pepper. Transfer onion mixture to a small bowl and wipe out skillet. In a large bowl, mash 2 1/2 cups beans. Stir in bell pepper, cilantro, breadcrumbs, egg, and 1 1/2 cups beans. Season with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper and form mixture into 4 patties. Heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high. Cook 2 patties until crisp on outside and heated through, about 5 minutes, flipping once. Repeat with more oil and remaining patties. Spread mayonnaise on rolls; top with burgers, avocado, and onion mixture.

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